Flying Boats (Oil Contracts, Dundee).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 18th July 1935.

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Photo of Mr William Stewart Mr William Stewart , Belfast South

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asked the Secretary of State for Air what are the arrangements for giving contracts for the carrying of oil from Dundee to the flying boats stationed off Newport, Fife; and whether he will arrange in future contracts that Fife fishermen are employed to carry supplies to machines stationed in Fife waters?

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

The arrangements for delivering aviation spirit to the flying boats are a matter for the supplying contractors.

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Dundee

Will my right hon. Friend make representation to the contractors that the men on the spot should be used for this work rather than the bringing of men 40 or 50 miles to take oil from Dundee to ships lying outside Dundee?

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

I do not think that I can intervene in this matter. The contract between the Air Ministry and the Company is for the delivery of oil and petrol to the boats at their mooring points, and I must really refer my hon. Friend, with all her persuasive powers, to the contractor.